A new website has been launched to celebrate the extraordinary talent of the late stage designer Johan Engels.
On what would have been his 66th birthday today (4 April), johanengels.net, which commemorates and celebrates Engels’ visionary talent and extraordinary works, is now online. An ongoing project, the website aims to, in time, present a comprehensive overview of Engels’ body of work around the globe.
One of the most remarkable stage designers of his generation, Engels’ design was hugely influential in productions from the likes of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Vienna State Opera, Opéra de Marseille, National Theatre of Norway, Bregenzer Festspiele, and innumerable Broadway shows.
He was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Costume Design in 1994, recognised for his imaginative work in Tamburlaine The Great, which starred Antony Sher as Tamburlaine and Tracy-Ann Oberman as Olympia.
Anybody with any material that might be of interest (photographs, costumes drawings, clippings, personal reminiscences – or indeed anything at all!) who would be happy to contribute to the further development of the website can get in touch with its operator, Iain C. Phillips.